Saturday, February 24, 2018

28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. - John 5:28-30
It is good to be reminded of the harder truths we don’t want to dwell on. Judgment being one of them. Some will live. Some will be condemned. We don’t like to hear it and we certainly don’t like to dwell on it. But we need to be reminded of it so we will first take a hard, honest look at our relationship with the Lord and then let it instruct our understanding of why we are to witness to the world. We are not to eternally judge in any way, shape, form or fashion. Jesus takes on that role and he is just in his judgment. We are to speak truth into our own heart and those who are living away from the Lord. And even Jesus said he does all this not to please himself but to please his Father who sent him. Yes, even Jesus said his/our life is not about pleasing him/us, but pleasing/honoring/glorifying our Father who gives us life in the first place. We need to be reminded of that hard truth as well. Your life is not about you. It’s about Him. 
Heavenly Father, help us deal with the truth of our own heart and our relationship with you. Show us the places we need to live better for you and not please ourselves. And then lead us to be a witness to those who need you the most today. Which may be us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Fast: Pay attention to avoidance mechanisms that surface when you face the unknown, unknowable, uncomfortable, or unavoidable. Do you eat more? Sleep more? Domineer more? Disappear more? Why? Ask God’s Holy Spirit to sensitize you today to the existence of avoidance defaults in your life. Prayerfully consider what beliefs might underlie any avoidance that emerges when you are facing uncertainty. - Alicia Britt Chole from “40 Days of Decrease. A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.”